Best Vitamins & Dietary Supplements

Finding the right vitamins or supplements can be overwhelming. With the sheer length of a vitamins list, it can be easiest to grab the cheapest product on the shelf with the catchiest branding. Here are a few things to look out for before buying, so your body and your health can thank you later. Continue Reading...

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Roundhouse Provisions Morning Kick

Roundhouse Provisions Morning Kick 🏆 2024

4.8  (231)
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Gayle B.
Gayle B.
 
Very unsuitable have been strongly advised to stop taking itI am having terrible problems with this product,I can’t take it anymore and would like to return all products for a refund can you please let me know how Thankyou
Roundhouse Provisions
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ActivatedYou Morning Complete

ActivatedYou Morning Complete 🏆 2024

4.8  (367)
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Christine
Christine
  Fair Incentive
So far, Great!!!So far so great!! I've been using it for 2 months now and I see baby hairs growing and my nails are growing stronger, I believe if I continue to use it longer I will surely be able to see a difference, am going to continue to see if I will come to love this product and not be able to live without it!! Show details
Happy Healthy You Hormones

Happy Healthy You Hormones 🏆 2024

4.7  (502)
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Miss Mac
Miss MacVIC
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Amazing!Mum (63yo) & I (43yo) both decided to start taking these capsules. We have seen results instantly. From reduction in bloating, to happier, less foggy brains and less tired. Show details
Happy Mammoth Prebiotic Collagen Protein

Happy Mammoth Prebiotic Collagen Protein 🏆 2024

4.6  (497)
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Debbie S.
Debbie S.
  Fair Incentive
The good stuffI’m loving this product, I generally feel so much better for having it in my life. I have a lot of issues, thyroid, stomach problems etc. just find it a bit hard reaching for the bucks monthly. But we will get there. Thanks happy mammoth Show details
Happy Mammoth New & Ultra Potent Hormone Harmony

Happy Mammoth New & Ultra Potent Hormone Harmony 🏆 2024

4.4  (780)
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mommy2madison99
 
Absolutely AMAZING Product!I cannot speak highly enough about this product. It has literally given me my life back. My hot flashes are gone. I have noticed my night sweats, mood swings, and energy level has significantly improved. I’m so glad I found this product! I cannot imagine my life without it! Show details
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Sharlene M.
Sharlene M.
  Fair Incentive
Amazing productAbsolutely amazing product, I feel less bloated and sleep better. Would highly recommend it. Show details
Happy Mammoth EstroControl

Happy Mammoth EstroControl

4.9  (59)
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Draga M
Draga MVIC2 posts
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Goodbye menopausal crap!I felt a difference in the first few days. No sugar cravings, had more energy, sleep improved and stomach started to reduce . Show details
Fulvic Acid Australia The Natural Edge Fulvic

Fulvic Acid Australia The Natural Edge Fulvic

5.0  (46)
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andrea
andreaVIC2 posts
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We have great confidence in this lovely productWe are big believers in seeking alternative, pro-active ways to keep ourselves well. I must have heard about Fulvic on one of my 'health' Telegram channels and have been taking it since then and we give it to our daughter and her partner too. By and large we have been well and can keep most things at bay. Show details
Gundry MD MCT Wellness

Gundry MD MCT Wellness

4.6  (79)
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C.Angie
C.Angie
 
Happy Mammoth Deep Sleep Mode

Happy Mammoth Deep Sleep Mode

4.3  (120)
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Diane S.
Diane S.4 posts
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Peaceful SleepI am sleeping much better. No flushes during the night. Show details
Iberogast

Iberogast

4.4  (98)
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Leolass
LeolassVIC28 posts
 
Happy Mammoth Bloat Banisher

Happy Mammoth Bloat Banisher

4.9  (41)
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Jennifer S.
Jennifer S.
 
Gundry MD Bio Complete 3

Gundry MD Bio Complete 3

4.7  (45)
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Kristy B.
Kristy B.QLD2 posts
 
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Happy Mammoth The Complete Gut Synergy System

Happy Mammoth The Complete Gut Synergy System

4.8  (38)
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laury g.
laury g.
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Help me to my gut issuesSince i use this product i can go everyday to the bathroom, it helps me to my chronic constipation and also with gas. And i really love the flavour and the easy way to use it, just in a smothie or with my vegetable milk :) thanks god things like this can exist. Show details
JSHealth Vitamins Hair + Energy

JSHealth Vitamins Hair + Energy

3.9  (391)
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Maddy
Maddy
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Fusion Health Stress and Anxiety

Fusion Health Stress and Anxiety

4.6  (36)
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Dravid
DravidSyd17 posts
 
Outstanding productExcellent product, great results, no side effects. Fully recommend. Thanks Show details
Vital Organic Greens

Vital Organic Greens

3.7  (270)
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Chrissie D.
Chrissie D.8 posts
 
Drank it 3 times. Had severe diarrhoea and nausea for four daysDrank it 3 times. Had severe diarrhoea and nausea for four days, obviously amongst the tons of ingredients something does not agree with me!
ProPlant Complete Shake

ProPlant Complete Shake

4.8  (25)
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Ruth F.
Ruth F.2 posts
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Fusion Health Astra 8 Immune Tonic

Fusion Health Astra 8 Immune Tonic

4.7  (27)
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Donna E
Donna EMandurah32 posts
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Ethical Nutrients Urinary Tract Support

Ethical Nutrients Urinary Tract Support

4.8  (24)
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annemarie k.
annemarie k.VIC
 
All goodThis product seemed to work really well and helped my interstitial cystitis Show details
Happy Mammoth Digestive Super Cleanse

Happy Mammoth Digestive Super Cleanse

3.8  (84)
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Lisa
LisaNSW
 
Not worth the side effectsHave been taking it the last couple of days and have felt nauseous. Have just finished throwing up. Won’t be taking anymore. Show details
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Inner Health Plus

Inner Health Plus

3.9  (50)
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Kim
KimSA10 posts
 
FlowraThis is my go to when needing antibiotics of any sort. My body is not a fan of antibiotics but when needed this is a great probiotic for woman’s health and flora. Expensive but as are most probiotics unfortunately. Show details
Swisse Ultiboost Liver Detox

Swisse Ultiboost Liver Detox

4.4  (27)
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Sharon Y
Sharon Y
 
ActivatedYou GI Prime

ActivatedYou GI Prime

4.5  (21)
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Jen
Jen
  Fair Incentive
Not for meI got GI prime and morning complete together to see which one works better but GI didn’t work for me! Taste much better than Morning complete but not as effective as it is so I’ll stick with morning complete! Show details
Salt Lab Magnesium Oil

Salt Lab Magnesium Oil

4.1  (27)
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Jessica P.
Jessica P.2 posts
 
Rose-Hip Vital with GOPO Arthritis Pain Relief

Rose-Hip Vital with GOPO Arthritis Pain Relief

3.9  (34)
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Toey
ToeyNSW9 posts
 
Great Dane improvedWas optimistic as with anything new , but our Vet recommended this product and our Great Dane was in pain from arthritis in the back knee, he has improved significantly and very happy to say this product for us has worked a treat. I do say it took him a few meals to get used to it and now he has no issues with it mixed in his meals. Show details
Synergy Natural Super Greens Premium

Synergy Natural Super Greens Premium

4.4  (18)
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Nicola C.
Nicola C.
 
ActivatedYou Essential Skin Food

ActivatedYou Essential Skin Food

4.4  (17)
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Jessie T.
Jessie T.
  Fair Incentive
Incredible results for nails, hair, and skin!My nails, hair, and skin feel amazing! I have long natural nails for the first time ever. Show details
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Rosie
 
Happy mammoth GutStruggling with GORD and general digestive issues for years. Major improvement since I started taking the HM range of products. Show details
Berocca Performance

Berocca Performance

3.2  (99)
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Noelene T.
Noelene T.
 
Berroca is now awfulThe taste is so bad it is unpalatable. Bring back the old Berocca

Woman taking a vitamin pill with glass of water

Are vitamins a waste of money?

If you're asking this question, you're definitely not alone. It's on lots of peoples' minds. Perhaps unsurprising; considering the influx of brands and products available on supermarket and pharmacy shelves, promising to do wonders for your health.

Generally, since most essential vitamins and minerals are found naturally in food, eating a healthy, balanced diet is often recommended by doctors as the best way to get your fill of nutritional requirements. This should be supplemented with regular exercise and keeping well hydrated.

However, sometimes getting everything your body needs through your diet just this isn't possible. This may be due to a busy lifestyle, or dietary or lifestyle choices that make you sick of hearing the recommendation to 'eat lean meat.' In these cases, taking a vitamin or supplement can be a quick and easy way to get what your body needs in order to stay healthy and have the vitality it deserves.

Who needs supplements?

Taking a supplement may be beneficial for you in the following instances:

  • Vitamin deficiency: If you've recently had a blood test and discovered you're low in a particular vitamin or mineral, taking what you need in a tablet or supplement form can help get your health back on track.
  • Problems with absorbing nutrients: As we age, our bodies naturally find it more difficult to absorb all the nutrients from food. In this case, taking a vitamin can help make up the difference for what your body isn't absorbing to full effect.
  • Medical conditions or ailments: may make it neccessary to take a supplement. For example, people with osteoporosis often take calcium citrate, which helps to increase their bone density.
  • Vegetarians or vegans: People practicing these diets or lifestyles can often benefit from a B12 supplement, along with iron, Vitamin D and, sometimes, Omega-3 fatty acids. Look for alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which comes from plant oils, rather than EPA and DHA, which comes primarily from fish.
  • Pregant and breastfeeding women: Vitamins can definitely help here, but make sure to consult your GP and read any labels carefully to ensure that a product is safe to take for you.

This can be helpful and important even for something as straightforward as a daily multivitamin.

You can still experience a bad reaction from 'overdosing' on vitamins - especially with fat-soluble vitamins. Since these types of vitamins are stored in the body, excess consumption can cause negative side effects. For example, taking excessive Vitamin A can cause headaches, joint pain and liver damage. If you're pregnant, it can even harm a fetus.

What vitamins do I need daily?

Your exact daily vitamin intake requirements will depend on individual factors such as age, gender, any health conditions or requirements. This is why a GP check-up and blood test is a good starting point.

However, all other things being equal, here are the essential vitamins and minerals recognised by health professionals, which you need daily. These vitamins and minerals collectively play an important role in helping the body carry out natural processes.

This includes converting food into energy, as well as regulating metabolism, helping maintain healthy brain function and nerve function, keeping muscles strong and healthy, and forming collagen.

What are the 13 essential vitamins?

Water-soluble vitamins

Since these are dissolvable in water, your body can't store them for very long. Any excess vitamins just pass through the system; so your body takes what it needs, and expels the rest. Exceptions are B12 and folate, which the liver is capable of storing.

Since the human body doesn't naturally produce water-soluble vitamins, a supplement may be required if you're not getting enough of these vitamins in your diet. They're best absorbed on an empty stomach, so the morning is probably the best time to take these vitamins.

Fat-soluble vitamins

These are absorbed into your body via the consumption of healthy fats. As a result, absorption is at its prime when you take these with a meal or snack that contains at least 5 grams of fat. This may seem counter-intuitive if you're trying to be healthy, but it could be as simple as having a few slices of smashed avo on toast with some butter.

Since these vitamins are stored in your body, stick strictly to the recommended dosage.

Water-soluble vitaminsFat-soluble vitamins
Vitamin B1 or thiamineVitamin A or retinol
Vitamin B2 or riboflavinVitamin D
Vitamin B3 or niacinimideVitamin E
Vitamin B5 or pantothenic acidVitamin K
Vitamin B6 or pyridoxine
Vitamin B7 or biotin
Vitamin B9 or folate
Vitamin B12 or coblamin
Vitamin C or absorbic acid

How many essential minerals are there?

There are also 16 essential minerals your body needs. These are: calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, sodium, chloride, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, iodine, selenium, molybdenum, chromium, and fluoride.

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Women sitting down to a bowl of healthy fruit and oats

Women’s multivitamins

If you’re looking to give your general health a boost, an all-in-one women’s multivitamin may do the trick. Choosing a blend that's especially designed for women in your particular age bracket is beneficial.

This is because women and men have different nutritional requirements, and a women’s multivitamin is likely to have higher levels of iron and folate in it.

Your age and circumstances also affect how many milligrams of each vitamin should be present in a multivitamin. For example, female kids aged 9-12 require a lower ‘dosage’ of each vitamin, which increases slightly when they're teenagers. Then, from 19-50 years, the recommended vitamin dosage for women tends to be the same. Older women 50 years and over require higher levels of Vitamin B6, folate, Vitamin B12, biotin, choline, and iodine.

Iron

Iron is important as it helps the body produce red blood cells, boosts immunity, assists with cognitive development and carries oxygen around the body.

Women are particularly susceptible to having iron deficiency as regular blood loss while having monthly periods depletes iron in the body. An iron deficiency, or anaemia, reduces the amount of red blood cells your body produces. This often translates to physical symptoms like fatigue, lower immunity, and even shortness of breath.

If you're picking up a packet of iron tablets from the chemist, you might need some Vitamin C, too. Iron needs Vitamin C to be properly absorbed into the blood, and if you'd rather go natural, you can get simply get your dose by eating a kiwi fruit or orange, or drinking a cool glass of OJ.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

The milligram dosage of most vitamins and minerals will be much higher for pregnant or breastfeeding women. This means it’s safer to opt for a pregnancy supplement, instead of just a regular multivitamin.

Folate

It’s often recommended for women who are pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or who are of child-bearing age, to take a folate supplement, as there is evidence to show that folate can help protect the foetus from neural defects.

Hormonal imbalance

Hormonal changes can be due to: normal reproductive development stages for women, such as puberty, pregnancy, breastfeeding and menopause. They can also be caused by changes to diet, mineral and water intake, stress levels, as well as inflammation and infection, or while taking the contraceptive pill.

These changes to the body can cause several unpleasant effects, such as digestive issues, cramps, lethargy and mood fluctuations. Finding the right supplement for your body may help.

General hormonal imbalance and your period: B vitamins such as Vitamin B6 can assist with regulating mood, particularly to do with pre-menstrual stress. Magnesium, probiotics, liver-enhancing nutrients, Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D3 may also be helpful. Natural ingredients that may provide some relief include black cohosh, dong quai, red clover, and evening primrose oil.

For menopausal symptoms the following may help: Magnesium, calcium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin D, and Vitamin E. There are also products especially made for menopause relief. These may not be as natural as vitamins and minerals, but if they provide you some much-needed relief, could be worth it.

If you take the pill regular usage will reduce your progesterone levels. This can cause stress, unstable mood, irregular periods and spotting. In the worst case scenarios, it can cause infertility or miscarriages. Vitamins or minerals that may be able to help include Vitamin B6, magnesium, zinc, Vitamin E, fibre and sulphur.

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Happy man after finishing a jogging session outdoors

Along with the 13 essential vitamins and 16 essential minerals listed above for both men and women, the following vitamins and minerals are particularly important to men's health.

Magnesium

Magnesium is essential for bone strength, muscle and nerve function, and energy production. It'll help with both exercise performance and recovery, and used in conjunction with Vitamin D, will support muscle contractions.

This multi-purpose mineral is also beneficial for male fertility, as it boosts free testerone levels, when aided by regular exercise.

And if these weren't enough benefits, magnesium is also good for your pearly whites, and helps you get a better sleep. It's needed for melatonin - an important hormone that regulates your sleep cycle - to work properly.

Chelated magnesium is more absorbable form than regular magnesium.

Methylated folate

Folate, or Vitamin B9, is important to both men and women. It helps your body use protein, makes and repairs DNA, and produces red blood cells. It can also increase sperm count and prevent unhealthy changes in sperm, which is good news for men's fertility. Folate has also been linked to improvements in cardiovascular health, and may also help with low mood.

Methylated folate is a type of folate that's more suited to men. Some men can't absorb the folic acid that women often take, due to a genetic variation called MTHFR that only men can have.

Zinc

Zinc plays an important role in making proteins in the body. It also aids in healthy testosterone and prolactin production, the metabolisation of nutrients and healthy immunity by helping to keep infection at bay.

As natural sources of zinc in food mainly come from meat and seafood, if you're a veg man it can be hard getting your required amount of zinc from your food. As a result, a zinc supplement may help.

Prostate health

The risk of men developing prostate cancer greater increases after age 50. There is evidence to suggest that regularly taking Vitamin E may help protect against prostate cancer in men, and there is some evidence to suggest that zinc deficiencies have been linked to a higher incidence of prostate cancer. For older men, enlargement of the prostate (known as BPH, or benign prostatic hyperplasia) can be common, and vitamin C can reduce chances of developing this.

Probiotics

These are essentially live bacteria help to increase the number of good bacteria in the gut. Probiotics have been found to assist with weight loss, boost immunity, reduce immunity, help with mood, and boost protein aborption. They can work well when taken with digestive enzymes, which perform a separate function in helping break down nutrients in food. They're easy to take, as you can just add them to your post-workout protein shake.

Conclusion

While the ideal way to get all essential vitamins and minerals is through your diet, this isn't always possible. When this happens, taking a vitamin or mineral in supplement form can often be helpful. Factors like your age, gender, stage of life (such as pregnancy or menopause), and any conditions (such as osteoporisis or diabetes) may affect the type of vitamins or supplements you need or would like.

If you're unsure what would be helpful, you can see a GP and also read real-to-life reviews on ProductReview.com.au, to help guide you in the right direction.

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